After months of steady decline, November put the state back on track for record coronavirus cases not seen since March and April. And it’s far from over, health officials expect a new high as we continue into the holiday months.
The United Kingdom became the first country to approve Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. Mass inoculations are expected to roll out as early as next week.
The CDC is also updating guidelines and formally recommending the first available vaccines go to health care workers and vulnerable residents in long-term care centers. It also advised to shorten the recommended quarantine period for those who’ve been exposed to the virus from 14 to 10 days; seven days for anyone who tests negative after exposure and isn’t displaying symptoms.
Health officials reported another 4,350 new positive COVID-19 cases Wednesday. There is now a total of 346,206 positive coronavirus cases in New Jersey with 56 new deaths. Hospitalizations continue to climb and five facilities were on divert status as of Wednesday morning due to high patient volume, according to the state.